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New York City Proposes Raising Cigarette Purchase Age to 21

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again!  This time, he’s attempting to pass another law that will protect adults from themselves as he attempts to raise the smoking age to 21, up from the current 18.

The new law, if passed, would make New York City the highest smoking age in the country. This marks the latest effort in a long campaign to limit smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanding more recently to bans at parks, beaches, plazas and other public places.

The new proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor. It was not immediately clear whether the proposal would make it illegal for people under 21 to possess cigarettes.

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